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Here are some of the faculty members who teach courses for the English-RMPC degree. Click on the faculty member's name to view his or her full profile.
English Language and Literature degrees at the University of Waterloo integrate the study of rhetoric, professional communication, media studies, and literature, so all faculty in the department participate to some degree in the RMPC program. For information on all of our faculty members, see our Faculty profiles page.
Frankie Condon's primary area of interest lies within the field of composition and rhetoric or writing studies. More specifically, however, within that field she is interested in the intersections between critical race, labor, and rhetoric studies, in narrative and performativity, and in critical pedagogy. She has also written and published in the area of writing center studies. Frankie has taught undergraduate courses in rhetoric and race; writing theory, practice, and pedagogy; and literacy and community; as well as courses in rhetoric as inquiry and as argument.
Bruce Dadey is the English Department's teaching assistant coordinator, and has research and teaching interests in professional writing, cross-cultural communication, rhetorical history and theory, and composition studies. He has also written on the visual rhetoric of graphic novels. Bruce has taught undergraduate courses in business communication, technical communication, academic writing, rhetorical theory, contemporary usage, and writing for the media.
Jay Dolmage's work brings together rhetoric, writing, disability studies, and critical pedagogy. His first book, entitled Disability Rhetoric, was published with Syracuse University Press in 2014, and he is the Founding Editor of the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies. Jay has taught undergraduate courses in rhetorical theory and history, composition, and disability studies. He is also working on an ongoing basis to develop teaching materials, resources, and ideas that would make classrooms more accessible for all students.
Clive Forrester's research interests include courtroom discourse analysis, Creole linguistics, the relationship between language, gender and sex, and language advocacy/policy. He has been researching language issues encountered by Jamaican Creole speaking witnesses in Ontario courtrooms and how linguistic analysis can be used to resolve and/or clarify some of these issues and is currently working on a project on Caribbean perceptions of hate speech. He teaches courses in academic writing, linguistics, and technical communication.
As the English department's extended learning coordinator, Dorothy Hadfield researches how online technologies can be used to create rich teaching and learning environments for English courses. Beyond the online learning focus, she works on fin-de-siècle feminism as it emerges in the theatrical work of Bernard Shaw and his contemporaries and is project co-manager for the Online Profiles of Canadian Woman Playwrights initiative. She teaches a range of undergraduate courses in rhetoric and literature, including business communication.
Randy Harris's areas of interest include rhetoric, particularly argumentation, the rhetoric of science, computational rhetoric, and figuration; linguistics, particularly generative grammar and cognitive linguistics; and communication design, including usability, document design, and graphic and voice interface design. He has taught undergraduate courses in contemporary issues in rhetoric and writing, science writing, usability testing, theories and practices of documentation, and the nature and structure of English.
Michael MacDonald's areas of interest are the history and theory of rhetoric, media studies, and rhetoric and philosophy. His currently work focuses on modern rhetorical theory, particularly as it relates to mass media, propaganda, and information warfare, and on Greek sophistry and its historical legacy. He has taught undergraduate courses in the history and theory of rhetoric, media studies, and critical theory He is the editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Rhetorical Studies, and has won the uWaterloo Faculty of Arts Distinguished Teacher Award.
Andrew McMurry's work focuses on the rhetoric of the environment, social systems theory and cybernetics, ecocriticism, semiotics and discourse analysis, nineteenth-century American literature, science fiction, and comics and graphic novels. His current book-in progress, tentatively titled Futile Culture, examines how humans are able to go about destroying the environment while imagining they are not. He has taught undergraduate courses in contemporary issues in rhetoric and writing, environmental rhetoric, and American literature.
Ashley Rose Mehlenbacher
Ashley Mehlenbacher's work examines how science communication is changing with new—especially networked—technologies and also with different communities becoming involved in scientific research and policy-making. Her research is especially concerned with public participation in scientific research (citizen science), expertise and ethos in grassroots scientific research, expertise and expert networks, and biohacking and hacker participation in scientific research.
Aimée Morrison's work focuses on popular reception and remediation of computer technologies, as well as on design for digital media. She teaches courses in literature, digital humanities, history and theory of media, and multimedia practice. Her research examines social media as a set of complex and consequential rhetorical, literary, and social practices undertaken by ordinary people across the full spectrum of daily life. Her project “Deciphering Digital Life Writing” explores how people decide what to say about themselves online, and what motivates these decisions.
Marcel O'Gorman is the founding Director of the Critical Media Lab at the University of Waterloo, Canada, where he teaches studio-style courses such as Rhetoric of Image and Text, Necromedia, and Cyberbodies. He has published widely in the fields of media theory and criticism. His written work is reflected in his art projects, which often seek to materialize specific critical theories about the impact of technology on the human condition. He has taught undergraduate courses in digital design, digital rhetoric, and visual rhetoric.
Neil Randall is director of the Games Institute, which studies games and game-driven interactions and technologies. He teaches courses in games studies, human-computer interaction, J. R. R. Tolkien, and professional writing, including technical documentation, magazine journalism, and multimedia production. He has published numerous how-to computer books and many feature articles, columns, and reviews in computer magazines.